Decatur moves forward with 6th Avenue redevelopment plan

DECATUR, Ala (WHNT) — The City of Decatur and engineering teams held a public comment meeting Tuesday on the proposed 6th Avenue Corridor Revitalization.

Some people were excited about the project, while others wondered about the remodeling of the downtown historic district.

On Tuesday, the city said public comment was needed to spruce up Decatur’s main seam. However, some residents say their concerns are not being heard.

The project is part of the city’s “One Decatur” long-term planning initiative. Plans for the project were released by the city in February 2021, showing numerous reconstructions on the busy road. Residents say the project could disrupt Albany’s historic neighborhood and they may want to know more about the developers before moving forward.

“Albany has houses on the east side of 6th Avenue and on the west side of 6th Avenue,” Decatur resident Jay Clark told News 19. “Now there will be no connection between the two because that you can’t cross or you can’t cross.

“I think this is going to cause more separation from the community than it has already,” Clark continued. “I also think it’s going to be inconvenient for people who like to walk from this residential area to downtown.”

The developers say they are considering all public comments before proceeding with the redevelopment plan.

“Hopefully in a year or two, when it’s all over, we’ll look back and say we did it really well, and we did it well. That’s why we have events like this tonight said Stratton Orr, the project’s developer.

The city’s director of development says this project will cost Decatur ratepayers nothing. The project is expected to start in March taking into account public feedback.


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